The annual Relay for Life Toowoomba attracted more than 1100 locals to Queens Park from Saturday, 20 May to Sunday, 21 May.

Relay For Life began in Australia in 1999 when the Victorian community of Murrumbeena raised over $75,000 for the Cancer Council. Since then, it has grown into one of the largest fundraising events across the nation with communities from every state and territory hosting an annual Relay For Life event. Over 134,000 participants gather, raising over $24 million for the Cancer Council every year.

A festive but emotional overnight experience, it encourages communities to band together to raise funds for Cancer Council’s research, prevention and support services.

For Relay Toowoomba’s 16th year, participants were welcomed with an opening ceremony before the first lap kicked off, honouring cancer survivors and carers. The majority of participants joined in during the second lap to show their support for this massive cause.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan extended a special invite

to the community to attend the 2017 Relay For Life.

“It’s going to be a great weekend as the community walks to give hope for cancer survivors, hope for better treatments and hope for a cancer free future,” McMillan said.

“Taking part in Relay is a great way for ordinary people to do extraordinary things in the fight against cancer.”

Read about last year’s Relay for Life here.